The Santuari de Lluc, also known as the Santuari de Santa María de Lluc, is the first Marian Shrine in the Balearic Island, dating back to the 13th century. Lluc is much more than just a monastery; it forms part of Mallorcan identity.
This visit is perfect for tourists who want to enjoy much more than just sun, sea and partying. It’s considered a genuine oasis of calm, spirituality and beauty, so it comes as no surprise that thousands of people visit this monastery each year, to immerse themselves in its history and surroundings.
Located in one of Mallorca’s most beautiful and privileged spots, the Santuari de Lluc is a place of pilgrimage. It was erected in the 17th century in order to worship the Virgin of Lluc, patron saint of Mallorca, known as “La Moreneta” because of the dark colour of her skin.
In 1962, Pope John XXIII declared the Church of Lluc as a Basilica Menor, an honorary title only awarded to those churches considered to be truly special. The image of the virgin can be seen on the main altar. If you travel to this Mallorcan island, you can’t miss out on a visit to this monastery as it’s sure to not leave you indifferent.
The most prominent sacred place in Mallorca
Located in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana in a valley 525m above sea level, the Santuari de Lluc is in ideal surroundings for those in search of history and nature.
This is a perfect destination for lovers of cycling, hiking or walking, in particular the Ruta de Pedra en Sec or the route which heads down the Torrent de Pareis canyon, all the way to the Sa Calobra cove. The latter is much better in a group and if possible, accompanied by a guide who really knows the area, as it’s rather complex. It’s definitely worth embarking on this route, as it’s one of the most beautiful coves in Mallorca.
Although you can reach the Santuari de Lluc by car, the road does have some very tight curves, so please be careful at all times. The landscape is packed with olive, almond and citrus groves, and if you look closely, you might even be able to see the famous mountain goats on the hillside.
As it’s a very popular destination, you’ll find restaurants, cafes, patisseries, a souvenir shop and even a pharmacy, both inside the monastery itself and the surroundings.
In addition to the monastery, you’ll also be able to enjoy many other locations of special interest in the surrounding area, including a pretty and relaxed botanical garden with more than 200 different native plants or an interesting museum featuring collections relating to Mallorcan archaeology, culture, ceramics and art.
Santuari de Lluc also has a large, covered area with capacity for up to 4000 people, perfect for celebrations, meetings or events, which tend to be religious or spiritual.
The festivities in honour of the Virgin of Lluc take place on 12th September, with a procession of children carrying lanterns. Visitors dance and taste a large variety of local speciality cuisine.
The legend tells of a youngster called Lluc, around the year 1229, who found the statue of the Virgin in the Serra de Tramuntana. The young boy took the statue to the town priest, but the next day, the statue had disappeared from the church and appeared in the same place the boy had found it previously.
The inhabitants believed that this “miracle” could only mean that the virgin wished for a shrine to be built right in that spot, a shrine that would then be transformed into the Santuari de Lluc as we know it today.
Discover the Santuari de Lluc during your stay at Hotels VIVA
The main advantage of staying at Hotels VIVA is that it’s located just a stone’s throw away from the Santuari de Lluc, so you’ll be able to get from your hotel to one of the island’s most important constructions with great historical value, in no time at all.
At Hotels VIVA, you’ll have a perfect stay, transforming your rest days into an unforgettable experience with everything right on your doorstep: sun, sea, cuisine, nature, sports, architecture, history, art and much more. Mallorca is complete in all senses of the word. That’s why thousands of people consider it to be a top destination.
You’ll have plenty of options to choose from. If you’re coming with the kids, you’ll have a fantastic stay at Hotel VIVA Sunrise, specially designed for family-friendly enjoyment and rest, as well as being equipped with everything you’ll need to have an incredible time, both kids and parents alike.
Alternatively, if you’re hoping to disconnect completely and forget about everything, head to Hotel Vanity Golf or Hotel Vanity Suites & Spa. At both hotels, you’ll be able to reenergise and head home more rested than ever. These hotels are perfect for enjoying total relaxation, whether alone or with your partner. If you’re looking for a unique and exclusive environment, these hotels will satisfy even the most demanding guests.
Hotels VIVA is a great starting point if you’re heading out to visit the Sanctuari de Lluc. If you’re planning a getaway to Mallorca or to spend your holidays on this gorgeous Balearic island, don’t hold back – book your stay ASAP. You’ll want to come back!